This week, I combined the assignment with the prototype of the Physical Computing final project, which is an installation of a tree. We tried two different directions. The first is a 3D tree sculpture. The second is a 2D tree. I am in charge of creating the latter one. Eventually, I utilized standoffs and laser cut panels to make this prototype. The following are the materials I used:
i. Create Laser cut files in Adobe Illustrator. I used the first file to etch the tree shape on cardboard. Besides, there are twelve circles on top of the canopy, which will be the holes to install LEDs. The second file is to laser cut acrylic to create panels. There are two panels with different purposes. The first is to protect the cardboard and the second is to load all the electronics.
ii. Laser Cutting
iii. Test whether the size of the standoffs could fit into the hole on acrylic and cardboard.
iv. Install the electronics and LEDs